NYC Half Marathon 2016
Yesterday was the 2016 NYC Half Marathon. I decided to run it as a training run for Boston which is in 4 weeks. Training for a marathon has its ups and downs. Sometimes you feel like you are capable of anything and other times you wonder how you will even finish 26.2 miles. I wanted to do the half so I could get a good idea as to where I was. I have been training but has it been paying off? Am I getting faster? I didnt know. I ran my best half marathon in Brooklyn last May with a time of 1:41:09 (7:43/mi). This past October I ran a half (also in Brooklyn) in a time of 1:42:33 (7:50/mi) and although I wasnt allllll out racing it, I cant lie…I was tired and dont think I could have done much faster.
I decided to go for a 1:40:00. Before the race I looked at the elevation map. Hills galore until about mile 6 and then it was downhill from there and a straightaway to the finish line. I wanted to attempt negative splits and also wanted to start out SLOW SLOW SLOW (esp given the incline). I hit the first 5K at a 7:50/mi pace and my pace at the 10K mark was 7:44/mi, 15K 7:39/mi and 20K 7:35/mi. I ended up finishing the race in 1:39:29 at a pace of 7:35/mi. I did it!!! I didnt even realize that I had achieved my goal (and then some) until I got my bag from the baggage check and saw a text from Mary saying “you did it! PR!”. I have to say, I felt realllllyy solid the whole way through. at mile 10 or so I did start getting a bit tired but nothing that slowed me down. I was just happy to see the finish line (when are we not happen to see that?). 2.5 minute PR, baby!